Saturday, June 27, 2009

Debauchery On The Horizon 2009

Also known as ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally 2009.

Beginning this next Thursday.

I hereby swear I will spare no expense in cheap beads to bring you, my three readers, the finest in overweight Midwest mammary glands and fat naked men on motorcycles.

Make of that what you will.

I'm coming off of three months of non-stop accelerated classes, heart procedures, and inconvenient Guard drills. I aim to get Fucked Up and take a lot of pictures of people in worse shape than me. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ugly Gun Sunday

Tool Time meets shadetree gunsmith.

Hell, I'd shoot it though, once I was sure it wouldn't blow up.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Japanese Zombies

I'd never heard of this, but it's Saturday night, and I'm tired of studying. Tokyo Zombie: So far, what we have is essentially a Japanese version of Shaun of the Dead. But with Japanese 'fros, emasculation by zombie, and that weird Japanese schoolgirl fetish thing going on. Overall, 4 out of 5 stars for a zombie film in the horror/humor genre.

Islamic Theocracy and Free Speech

A young woman shot in the high center of her chest during the June 20th protests. In a minute, one can see someone who should have had a long life ahead of her go from awareness of the camera operater to shock to death. For being in a public area during protests. That's how free speech works in Iran. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong government.

I personally think if the current government is overthrown, Iran will end up with an anti-American, anti-Israeli, anti-West, anti-everything-not-Islamic, terror supporting state. And it will still be an improvement over what's in place now. Because at least some of the populace will have thought and acted independently for the first time. And some of them paid with their lives for doing so.

Friday, June 19, 2009


is dropping over a hundred dollars to get a laptop working again, only to have it crash the exact same way, twice, in less than seven minutes, the following day. Somebody will have an unhappy customer on Monday morning.

Problems found and "fixed" on Thursday: McAfee corrupted. Java corrupted. Computer stuck in self-repair loop. Computer also stuck in constant attempt to hibernate. I'm seriously considering having the tech obliterate everything on the drive and reinstall from my original discs. If that doesn't work, it will probably be time for a new computer, which sucks, given that this one is all of 5 months old.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ugly Gun Sunday

Reminds me of some of the paint jobs I see on those little Japanese cars with add-on spoilers and altered exhaust systems that sound like an amplified weed whacker. Good luck selling that for a decent amount some day.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Food Cruise

The Wife and I have decided that to make better use of our motorcycles, we'll start looking for small, independent bar and grill/cafe places to eat. Number one, where we live is really, really flat. Which means there's not much of a reason for roads to twist and turn. So, once we're out of town, everything is pretty much straight, with the occasional stop sign. Riding for the joy of scenery is pretty much a no-go. Secondly, riding to the same three food franchises gets boring fast. So, we will now seek out heart disease in new and exciting places.

Tonight, that was Tank's Bar and Grill. A small hole-in-the-wall bar on a dying main street. But it was full, as the local farming population was coming in for beer and ribs. And the ribs are worth it; a foot-long rack of falling off the bone, smothered in BBQ sauce, delicious pig. Not usually liking ribs (too many fat-filled, leathery meat experiences), I'd ordered the grilled sixteen inch taco. Which was fine, in a "meh" sort of way. Basically, the Old Milwaukee beer I chose for the hell of it (memories of high school keggers past) was entirely appropriate for the taco. Not that great, but better than nothing. The ribs though; I'm going to steal The Wife's leftovers and figure out what beer goes with them. It's going to take a lot of ribs, I'm thinking.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Definition: (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity. From

Example: Showing up at the hospital way after your parent's pacemaker procedure is over, having the floor nurse interrupt the doctor in the middle of someone else's pacemaker procedure, and wanting to know.....

NOT how your parent did during the procedure;

NOT what to expect for a recovery period;

NOT how it will affect him for the rest of his life;

but would the doctor come up to the floor to write a note to the airline so you could get a medical discount on your ticket.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

If Looks Could Kill

Gotta wonder what's behind a look like that. Let's see......narcissistic husband, fawning media and admirers, past history of marital "coldness", former model/french chick paying rapt attention to husband. Yeah, I think there's some serious hate and anger going on.

Class act.

New Tools

Going out to the garage to assemble something with a little more horsepower than me and an axe. Chopping wood is great exercise, until a rotator cuff goes or there's a trip to the ER to get the axe taken out of your foot. I'm modernizing before either happens.

Ugly Gun Sunday

This is a bit of a change from the usual subjects; the only thing this shoots is nerf darts. But, between work and school, I'm short on time and stored images.

While not particularly graceful or ergonomic, it is an interesting looking piece. More on this gun from the source site, Gizmodo. It's in French, but that's what internet translators are for.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Unwanted Guests

Apparently I'm the only one in my house that isn't afraid of flying fanged mice. Although I respect the little bastard, as he spent significant effort doing his best to naw through my glove. After scaring my kid by shoving the rodent at the camera, he was released to hopefully knock down the local mosquito population.